Global Wind Systems in the Satellite Film

Atmospheric Circulation

A satellite film which shows the weather phenomena of one day on Earth in full length and on maximum scale is central to this teaching unit. With the help of this film, the topic of atmospheric circulation is ideally visualised as well as embedded in a global context. Moreover, the satellite film prompts discussion about the development and the relations of cloud and wind systems, convection and advection processes as well as global exchange processes.

Form
11
Time required
3 hours
Level
2: easy
Recommended Prior Knowledge

Atmosphere structure, evaporation, condensation, relative humidity, air temperature

Authors

Roland Goetzke

Topics

atmospheric circulation
climate
clouds
global wind systems
weather

Goals

Interpret pictures of weather satellites and use them in order to analyse atmospheric circulation.

Discern different pressure and cloudscapes and assign them to their respective climate zones.

Describe the basics of atmospheric circulation.